Thursday, September 2, 2010

SFGate: Pleasant surprise for, schools

This from SFGate:

Out of the blue, in the middle of a recession, the phone rang.

What would it cost, the caller asked the founder of, to fund every California teacher's wish list posted on the Web site?

The founder, Charles Best, thought perhaps the female caller would hang up when he tossed out his best guess: "Something over $1 million," he told her.

Twelve hours later, the woman, Hilda Yao, executive director of the Claire Giannini Fund, sent Best an e-mail.

It said, in short, OK.

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  1. That fully and absolutely ROCKS. But I hope DonorsChoose sent a "for shame, for shame" note to the city and state, though, as their slashing of funding was partly what made this necessary. Philanthropy is nice, but it's no substitute for the stability and security that decent, ongoing, and equitable funding from the government brings. 25 laptops may be a luxury for which private funds are more appropriate, but pencil sharpeners? How embarrassing for us all that any teacher should have to beg for them.

  2. My daughter's K teacher at Lafayette was THRILLED last night to report that this got her a ELMO (document camera) that she thought she would never get. What a WONDERFUL thing - but I also have to agree with the above comment that it is a sad thing that teachers have to beg for pencil sharpeners!!! Shame on California.

  3. Though my daughter don't go there, I'm so very happy for the teachers at Sheridan in receiving the 25 laptops for a traveling computer lab. That is an up and coming school despite what some perceive of that school being in a bad neighborhood. I had a chance to tour the school with the principal.